Today we are treated to an article written by artist and Scrapbooker’s Club House Hall of Fame Member Michelle Vekved. Her article suggests innovative yet simple ways to help make our scrap areas more environmentally friendly as we organise. Enjoy, and “Thanks” to Michelle!
by Michelle Vekved
So, it’s that time again. You’ve been manoeuvering around the unstable piles of paper, books, miscellaneous items and finished projects with no homes, and now you’re sick of it! One more trip and you’re going to go berserk and kung-fu those piles into next week, right? Well. Before you go and join Godzilla on the wanted list, take a few minutes to read these tips and then go through your “junk” and make that room more efficient than ever. And in the meantime, you can reuse some of that “junk” instead of hitting the trash with it!
Storing ribbons/rub-ons/packaged items: Screw three screw-eyes in a straight horizontal line on the inside of a door. Straighten a coat hanger or use extra heavy florist/craft wire and thread it through the eye-screws. Thread the coat hanger/wire through the springs of as many clothes pins as you like on both sides of the middle eye-screw and then wrap a loop of the coat hanger around each of the end eye-screws. Make sure your clothespins are all facing down before you attach the ends of the wires. Hang your rub-ons/ribbons/packages neatly on the clothespins.
A tiered shelving unit: Take advantage of deep shelving when storing small items. Use some empty boxes that are the same height and width (picture those long wooden building blocks.) Lay one of them at the back of the shelf. Place items on top and in front of the “riser” you just created for a tiered shelving unit. If your items are really small and your shelf is quite tall from shelf to shelf, you can stack two rows (or more) of boxes like stairs and get more riser-shelves out of one shelf! If your items are heavy, stuff the boxes with newspapers or old magazine pages for more support, or use wood blocks instead of boxes.
Under shelf string or ribbon dispenser: Some batches of blank CDs come in a round plastic container with a screw-off base. These make perfect dispensers! Attach the base to the underside of a shelf or desk. Drill a hole(s) in the center of the top of the cover. Place a spool (or several) of string/twine/ribbon inside the cover, thread the end(s) through the drilled hole(s) and screw it onto the base.
Layout protectors: Save the 12×12 packaging from paper packs and chipboard. If there isn’t a hanging tab on the packaging, take a piece of packing/strapping tape that’s twice the length of the packaging and attach it to the end opposite the opening, folding it over to create a long tab. Use a three hole punch to punch holes in this new tab. Or tape the hanging tab to reinforce it and punch that.
Paper dividers: Sort your papers into piles by whatever category you like. Using old magazines stand your paper up and separate the piles by magazines. You may not be able to see the magazine, but it will create enough space to see the different piles. And if it’s a magazine you don’t use, you won’t even miss it.
Storing your scrapbooking ideas and inspirations: Here’s how to make sturdy, matching hardcover idea books. Using an old book cut out several pages from the front, middle and end of the book. Cut out your ideas or picture inspirations and paste them onto the pages left in the book. The cut out pages should make enough space for the added paper so your book will still close well. Old Reader’s Digest books would make lovely ones. Your scrap ideas will look very neat and tidy and quite rich! Paint the spines and/or label them if you’re doing several books. Categorize them by topic and put the topic on the spine and/or the cover.
Button bins: Old canisters or juice mix containers make great button bins, even if they aren’t clear. If you sort your buttons into colors, you can paint or paper the cans to match the color inside. Using your scraps of paper to do this saves you cutting into new paper and makes a mosaic look on your cans. You can also stick a few buttons to the outside front of the can to remind you that it has buttons inside! Do the same for ribbons or other embellishments.
Storage for acrylic stamps: Store your acrylic stamps in old CD cases. Remove the inserts from the cases that held the cd and attach your acrylic stamps to the inside of the cases. They stack well and travel well, now! And, you can label the edges or make your own covers for them.
Trash bag holder: Saving all those groceries bags for your tape-up trash bags for scrapping? Attach an empty Kleenex box to the inside of a cupboard door or the underside of a table with heavy duty double sided tape. Fill the box loosely with the bags and now you have a dispenser for them! You could also reinforce the bottom of the box with an extra piece or two of cardboard and screw it to the table/shelf.
I hope some or all of these ideas have helped you to dismantle that room full of time-bomb paper piles and miscellaneous hazards of who knows what, and that now you can find all your things in an instant!
To top it off, you’ve also reduced your household waste. Enjoy your newfound clutter-free space.
No, really. No thanks necessary.